Frank DiRe, a tough local competitor who was a favorite to get HU, ran into the nitroll-slowroll combination of Richard Caplan, and it had the same affect as a 1-2 punch for the Colombus, NJ native... He was unable to regain his balance & busted in 5th place, surprising many local railbirds.
But Thanksgiving is all about the accomplishments of the Pilgrims, and this one is no exception.
Long time local favorite, Dwyte Pilgrim, table talked his way to a 1st place win in honor of his namesake holiday... he came back from being a 5 to 1 dog going into heads up, to regain the chip lead and eventually steamroll his amateur opponent, Eugene Borokov, who had never played in a live event before today.
The action in this tourney was fairly nondescript until HU action began, at which point Pilgrim kicked his psychological strategy into full swing. Anyone watching the live action could see Borokov unravelling more and more with each comment thrown out by Pilgrim. It wasn't long before the shy noobie from DC was just handing his chips to Pilgrim.
These two players are polar opposites; one shy and timid, the other boisterous and flamboyant... but they still sat and had pleasant conversation over a cocktail after it was all said and done.
This tournament began with 371 entries, for a total buyin of $74,200.
Final Table Results
1 Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) $19,430
2 Eugene Borukhov (Washington, DC) $10,794
3 Richard Caplan (Fairhaven, NJ) $6,694
4 Byung Yoo (Norwood, NJ) $5,398
5 Frank DiRe (Colombus, NJ) $4,174
6 Rick Zorn (Lafayette, NJ) $3,527
7 Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) $2,843
8 David Semless (Voorhees, NJ) $2,123
9 Neville Darrell (Sarasota, FL) $1,439
10 Torrie Fogg (New Providence, NJ) $936